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Five Ways to Cope with the Cold: Nashville Style

Let’s face it. When it comes to winter weather and brutal cold temps in Nashville, we’re pretty inexperienced (other than you Northern transplants). There’s the natural instinct to hoard the milk and bread from the shelves at Kroger, but there are plenty of other ways to deal with the record low temperatures we’re expecting over the next couple of days.

1. Visit a local Meat & 3
It’s called “comfort food” for a reason. Just like when you’re on vacation, when it’s below 20 degrees, calories don’t count. One of our favorite places to over indulge is Monell’s in Germantown. Enjoy family style dining, make new friends, and get Southern cuisine at its best with fried chicken, mac & cheese, delicious vegetables, banana pudding, and a variety of other options depending on the night.

2. Host a Guitar Pickin’ Party
After all, it is Music City. This works even better if you have a fireplace. Invite friends over and it’s B.Y.O.G. (Bring Your Own Guitar). Gather around the fire, play some songs, serve hot apple cider and any beverage containing whiskey for extra warmth.

3. Warm up at your favorite pub or brewery
We suggest Neighbors or McCabe Pub in Sylvan ParkFat Bottom Brewing in Historic Edgefield for Nashville’s best blue cheese burger and local brews, and Village Pub in Inglewood for a hot stuffed pretzel sandwich or their addicting beer cheese dip.

4. Explore a new coffee shop
Nashville has seen an increase in anything from tiny hole in the wall coffee shops to bougie barista parlors open up the past few years, and they don’t disappoint. Crema located Downtown features slow drip concoctions and a “Cuban” that is raved about. The Red Bicycle in Germantown serves hot and filling crepes, both sweet and savory, with their coffee. Sip Cafe in Inglewood has a variety of tempting hot chocolates, and serves Nashville’s own Drew’s Brews.

5. Volunteer
We are the Volunteer State, and there are tons of folks without a roof over their heads or warm food in their bellies. Nothing can make us stop complaining about the weather quicker than seeing someone stuck outside in these harsh conditions. This is an excellent time to help out at a soup kitchen, food pantry, or emergency shelter. Great resources to check out local needs are Nashville Rescue Mission and Hands on Nashville.